Priest in new appeal over Limerick man’s murder

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Robert Sheehan (21) from Pineview Gardens, Moyross was shot in Bunratty on September 2, 2012
ON the first anniversary of Robert Sheehan’s murder, a priest has warned that the killers of the 21-year-old will not “escape the justice of God”.

ON the first anniversary of Robert Sheehan’s murder, a priest has warned that the killers of the 21-year-old will not “escape the justice of God”.

In a hard-hitting homily delivered at his anniversary Mass, Fr Tony O’Riordan also warned of the “dangerous consequences” of a lack of government urgency on the regeneration project.

A year ago today, Robert Sheehan, who was from Pineview Gardens was shot five times while attending his step-brother’s wedding reception at the Bunratty Castle Hotel. He died in hospital a number of days later.

While a number of people have been arrested and questioned about his death, nobody has been charged in connection with his killing.

Yesterday, members of his family and friends gathered at Corpus Christi Church in Moyross for his anniversary Mass, where Fr O’Riordan read a new appeal.

Referring to those involved in the callous murder, he said: “They have shown they are agents of evil. They remain cowardly and in the shadows, and maybe the law will or will not catch up with them. If you who were involved in Robert’s murder, no matter what part you played, even if you escape the law, you will not escape the justice of God, and God’s word. Your disregard for his life will mark you forever. But how it marks you, the choice is yours.”

The homily tackled the government’s role in Moyross, saying the “lack of urgency” in tackling issues is “worrying in the extreme”.

“They too need to be challenged on their behaviour and neglect, which also shows a disregard for the community. The improvements won in recent years give no ground for the current complacency, and current lack of focus and urgency. Taking your eye off the ball now is wrong, and will see dangerous consequences,” Fr O’Riordan said.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, the priest added: “The way in which life in Moyross is significantly different from other areas of Ireland is still a reality. I don’t see a plan emerging [to change this] and I think that is dangerous for this community.”

At the Mass, Fr O’Riordan encouraged the many youngsters present to turn away from the “soft option” of criminality. But he said there is little help to allow them do this.

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